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[kuh m-pan-yuh n-wey] /kəmˈpæn yənˌweɪ/
noun, Nautical.
a stair or ladder within the hull of a vessel.
the space occupied by this stair or ladder.
Origin of companionway
First recorded in 1830-40; companion2 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Behind her she heard the commotion of many men descending the companionway.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The American arrived at the head of the companionway at a critical juncture.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • And he left me hastily, taking the steps of the companionway two at a time.

    Vampires of Space Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • I hugged the babe and scrambled up the companionway to the deck.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • He had reached the foot of the companionway when he turned back.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • He shouted again and walked to a companionway to repeat the hail.

  • Then Jack Runkle showed his jovial face at the top of the companionway.

  • Dropping our knives and forks, we sprang up the companionway.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Next we sends Ferdie to take a peek down the companionway and report.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • She had begun to walk along the deck to the companionway and I went with her.

    The Patagonia Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for companionway


a stairway or ladder leading from one deck to another in a boat or ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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